Tag Archives: VERMONT

More States Ban Plastic Grocery Bags

During the past month, the governors of Vermont, Maine, Oregon, Delaware and Connecticut signed legislation banning single-use plastic bags and a few months earlier, on April 22, New York’s governor signed similar legislation. New York’s plastic bag ban is scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2020. The law bans most single-use plastic carry-out bags … Continue Reading

Changing of the Guard

Vermont AG issues memo confirming non-enforcement of GM labeling requirements. As the food industry is well aware, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods have been preempted by the recent enactment of federal GM labeling legislation. On August 11, 2016, Vermont’s Attorney General (AG) issued a formal memo stating that the AG’s office will no … Continue Reading

Vermont Enforcement Bulletin

Vermont relaxes enforcement of GM labeling requirements for the first year. As the food industry is well aware, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods are set to take effect on July 1 of this year, with a six-month “safe harbor” provision thereafter.  In recent weeks, the Vermont Senate had been considering a legislative amendment to delay … Continue Reading

Vermont Weighs Delay

Vermont weighs potential delay in enforcement of GM labeling law. As the food industry is well aware, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods are set to take effect on July 1 of this year, with a six-month “safe harbor” provision thereafter. A media report indicates that the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA) … Continue Reading

Vermont: Spotlight on the Safe Harbor

Vermont AG issues memo clarifying scope of GM labeling safe harbor and enforcement discretion. As the July 1 effective date for Vermont’s labeling requirement for genetically modified (GM) foods approaches, many companies have had questions about the scope of the law’s 6-month “safe harbor” for foods that do not bear compliant labeling. On March 24, … Continue Reading

Vermont GM Guide (Part Deux)

Vermont issues GM labeling FAQs. As food manufacturers are well aware, Vermont’s GM labeling requirements remain on track to take effect on July 1, 2016.  Although the requirements are being challenged in the Second Circuit and some still hope for a federal legislative fix, neither avenue is guaranteed to provide relief to the industry before … Continue Reading

Happy New(s) Year

We welcome our readership back with a wrap-up of recent news items of interest: Vermont authorizes independent organizations to provide “non-GM” verification In anticipation of the upcoming July 1, 2016 effective date for Vermont’s GM labeling requirements, the state Attorney General has authorized two independent organizations to provide verification that food has not been knowingly … Continue Reading

GMA on GMO

GMA continues its fight in the GM labeling arena. The effective date for Vermont’s GM labeling law is July 1, 2016.  Absent a federal legislative solution or a victory in the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) challenge to the Vermont law in federal court, the food industry must decide how to comply with the new GM … Continue Reading

Vermont’s Guide to GM Labeling

Vermont issues guidance on GM labeling regulations.  Pending the outcome of the ongoing legal challenge to Vermont’s GM labeling law, the law and its implementing regulations are set to take effect on July 1, 2016. On September 23, 2015, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office issued guidance on the state’s interpretation and planned enforcement of the labeling … Continue Reading

State Support

States support Vermont’s position in GM labeling lawsuit. As previously covered on this blog, the lawsuit brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other trade associations to challenge Vermont’s labeling mandate for Genetically Modified (GM) food products is ongoing.  Following the Vermont district court’s denial in April of the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction, GMA filed … Continue Reading

How Appealing

Recent decision in challenge to Vermont GM labeling law being appealed. As previously covered in this blog, the food industry has been paying close attention to developments in the lawsuit brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other trade associations to challenge Vermont’s labeling mandate for Genetically Modified (GM) food products.  On April 27, … Continue Reading

Verdict: Vermont

Vermont’s GM labeling law survives initial challenge. For months, the food industry has anxiously awaited developments in the lawsuit brought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other trade associations to challenge Vermont’s labeling mandate for Genetically Modified (GM) food products.  The law takes effect on July 1, 2016, and Vermont’s Attorney General recently adopted … Continue Reading

Vermont Rules

Vermont’s Attorney General formally adopts rules to implement mandatory GM labeling law. Vermont is the only state in the U.S. with an effective law that mandates the labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering.  Although the law is set to take effect on July 1, 2016, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other national food … Continue Reading
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